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Martin Gramatica just might make this kicking decision a little bit easier.

Cowboys kicker Martin Gramatica is expected to miss Thursday's preseason finale at Minnesota with a strained right hamstring.

Gramatica injured his kicking leg on a kickoff in the third quarter of Saturday's loss to Houston. Gramatica said after the game he felt something weird in his leg after the play.

JJT wants to tell you very scary things and expect you not to panic. Listen JJT, you can’t just go around saying that Terence Newman has a foot injury that reminds some people of stabbing pain in the bottom of their feet, and that no one uses their feet more than a cornerback, and that the Cowboys have no real reserve corners that are passing the test, and that the Cowboys said Greg Ellis should be coming back soon, just like Terence Newman, and that you can’t run the Phillips 34 defense without Terence Newman and expect people not to panic! I’m already panicking; I just put an exclamation point on that last sentence to emphasize my panic level! I did it again.

I kid. I’m not panicking, yet. Not until they say that Newman can’t play or that it’s obvious the injury is limiting him on the field. The one guy behind Newman and Henry that I was hoping we could count on was Aaron Glenn, though all summer I worried about a small corner slowing down with age. It looked like that was happening at the end of last year. That’s why I was so set on drafting a CB this year in the first round. (Then again, with the injury to Ellis, it’s a good thing we picked Spencer.) JJT says the Cowboys’ brass are worried about Glenn, too.

The front office's concerns exist because Glenn has struggled at times during training camp. Although he is in superb condition, he is 35 and you never know when the 14-year-veteran will lose just enough of a step to make him a liability.

He couldn't cover Andre Johnson in Houston's 28-16 win Saturday. Johnson had a 6-yard touchdown catch and several other receptions. But Glenn is a former first-round pick and a veteran, so he receives the benefit of the doubt.

I don’t think Andre Johnson gave him the benefit of the doubt.

Todd Archer examines the death of the running game and the run defense in Houston.